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MotoGP hits Sepang for next winter test

MotoGP hits Sepang for next winter test

The majority of the 2008 MotoGP grid will be present at Malaysia's Sepang circuit this week as they undertake further pre-season tests in preparation for next year.

The majority of the 2008 MotoGP grid will be present at Malaysia's Sepang circuit this week as they undertake further pre-season tests in preparation for next year.

Having undertaken a day and a half of testing at Valencia last week, the MotoGP teams now have the opportunity to put in three further full days of work from Thursday to Saturday at one of the traditional MotoGP test venues - which courtesy of the searing local heat and demanding layout provides a tough work-out for the riders and their 800cc prototypes.

Most of the MotoGP teams will be present, with the exceptions of Ducati Marlboro, Pramac d'Antin and Team Roberts – with Kenny Roberts Senior's outfit yet to announce their 2008 plans.

Ducati are putting the final touches to the Desmosedici GP8, which will make its debut with Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri later this month in Jerez. The d'Antin team will receive their version of the GP8 ahead of the late January 2008 return to Sepang, when the winter testing ban ends.

Fiat Yamaha will be present this week in Malaysia with new recruit Jorge Lorenzo getting more laps under his belt with his new team, though five-time former premier class World Champion Valentino Rossi is not due to test as he continues to recover from hand injuries sustained in the final round of the 2007 season at Valencia.

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MotoGP, 2007

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